Photos by Jim Gavenus
Hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC performed a headlining set at Musikfest in Bethlehem on Aug. 6, but many fans were probably hoping for more. According to John J. Moser, writing in The Morning Call, the legends’ set lasted only 55 minutes, and when you subtract for stage banter and other between-songs spans, they only performed for about 35 minutes.
The legendary group, which was founded in Hollis, Queens, N.Y., in 1981, has sold more than 230 million albums and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Earlier this year it received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The rappers’ hits include classics like “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas,” “Peter Piper” and “It’s Like That.” Run-DMC’s cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” which featured that band’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, was a significant step in genre-crossing and paved the way for mashups that today seem commonplace.
Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Daryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels continue to perform as Run-DMC after fellow founding member Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) was murdered in 2002.